Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers: Roadside Inspection Blitz for Commercial Trucks
March 7, 2016
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) aims to combat unsafe driving behaviors by educating drivers and enforcing safety regulations. In early January, CVSA announced the results of a “Safe Driver Inspection Blitz,” wherein officers engaged in a major, widespread crackdown on commercial vehicle safety. As part of the sweep, 19,480 vehicles were pulled over and inspected over a one-week period. The operation was conducted in conjunction with Operation Safe Driver Week, held annually in October.
The number of roadside inspections conducted was down from the 24,184 inspections conducted the previous year. This year, 13,807 commercial vehicles were inspected. The most common commercial vehicle violations spotted by law enforcement in the 2015 blitz were:
- Size and weight violations
- Failure to use a seatbelt
- Failure to obey a traffic control device
- Using a handheld cell phone while driving
In total, officers issued 4,062 citations and 3,923 warnings to commercial vehicle drivers for various safety violations.
CVSA drew comparisons between the results of this year’s Safe Driver Blitz to last year’s results, in order to identify trends. Some results of this comparison included:
- Warnings and citations for speeding increased from 5.8 percent in 2014 to 9.3 percent in 2015.
- Warnings and citations for failing to obey traffic control devices increased from 2.5 percent in 2014 to 3.85 percent in 2015.
- Warnings and citations for failing to wear a seatbelt increased from 2.8 percent in 2014 to five percent in 2015.
According to CVSA President, the CVSA will continue their mission of saving lives by ensuring that drivers take all necessary precautions around trucks and buses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has acknowledged the efforts of the Alliance. The FMCSA’s Acting Administrator has gone on the record thanking the Alliance, and recognizing it as an effective means of keeping our roads safe and preventing more truck accidents.
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